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Down the drain?
"add little value to your CV"?
What if you intend to teach the area? Surely it would add a great deal more value if you took a masters in your chosen area? Many of my most respected Law School lecturers are Doctors and a couple are Professors, showing how postgraduate legal study beyond the humble LLM can be the opener of many doors which may otherwise remain firmly shut, including the door of extra student respect.
What about practice in a niche area though? As "Anonymous 6-Dec-2011" hopes and I believe (although not with the 2:2 for the Bar, sorry but you 're most likely in for a world of disappointment with that combination) an LLM in a highly specialised area would show a firm or chambers your commitment to thoroughly understanding their area of expertise. Something like EU antitrust law or maritime shipping law would probably benefit as these areas after general LLB/GDL study become very specific (and confusing when you pick up the wrong EU Law book in the library).
I do however agree with the article that more common, less specialised LLM's would not add any value at all to an application and especially not where the A-Levels and/or (worse) the degree classification were poor. So LLM's in areas like IP and Environmental Law would be effectively cancelled out by the wide areas which exist in legal practice. I have seen LLM's in Legal Practice as well - why on Earth would you want one of them?!? Maybe so you can say you have one? I know it’s only one ro two modules tacked on the end of the LPC but seriously?!?
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